Brian Batista

Instructor: Intro to Toon Boom, Stop Motion, Animation Fundamentals

Brian Batista is a man of many skills and talents— an arranger of thing’s, painter, sculptor, performer, media artist, mentor, teacher, animator, entrepreneur, and magic man. He graduated with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design with distinction, and was the recipient of a Board of Governors award. Brian has been the recipient of the NFB/QAS Production Scholarship, acted on Quickdraw’s Board of Directors as President , and currently instructs animation at Quickdraw Animation Society. He has a tremendous love for rubber hose arms and has a mad crush on Jessica Rabbit.

Brian Batista’s Website


Heather Kai Smith

Instructor: Great Women Animators, Drawing Essentials 

Heather Kai Smith is an artist from Calgary, AB Canada.  She received her B.F.A. in Drawing with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2009. Her solo and collaborative work has been exhibited at The Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary), The White House (TO), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Nuit Blanche Calgary, Institut für alles mögliche (Berlin, Germany), and the Art Gallery of Calgary. Using multiple mediums (ranging from animation, printmaking, projection and installation), the foundation of her work is rooted in the practice of drawing. Her work has been commissioned for Telus Spark!: The New Calgary Science Centre, Pith Gallery, and Sled Island Music and Arts Festival.

Heather recently received the NFB/Quickdraw Animation Production Scholarship and is working on completing an animated short film for Fall 2014.

Heather’s Website



Ryan Von Hagen

Instructor: Animation Fundamentals, Portable Animation Workshop

Ryan Von Hagen is an Animator, Filmmaker, Sound Designer and Musician living in Calgary Alberta. Ryan Graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012 from the Media Arts and Digital Technology department. Ryan has put time into working on feature length documentaries, AFA funded short animated films, theatre productions as well as Fine Art shows. He has a wide technical background in the world of animation, as he is proficient in stop motion animation, hand drawn animation, cutout animation, rotoscope animation, as well as animated green screen techniques. Ryan has been teaching with Quickdraw as part of the Portable Animation Workshop for the past year. 



Kevin D.A. Kurytnik

Instructor: Story, Sound and Vision

In my professional experience as an animator, I have been creating independent projects for over 20 years, and have developed my own studio, Fifteen Pound Pink Productions, with my partner Carol Beecher. My work has been screened locally, nationally and internationally in many venues and I have been fortunate to win several awards and much recognition for my work, one of the highlights being a 35 mm print of my film Mr. Reaper’s Really Bad Morning being selected for inclusion in the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa in 2007, and the Cinematheque Quebecoise in 2009.

I am very dedicated to both facets of my animation career, as a conscientious teacher and mentor, and as a professional independent animator. Both of these facets feed each other, with my professional practice giving me experiences and resources to share with students, and my teaching exposing me to fresh ideas and approaches from the students.


Leslie Bell

Facilitator: Anicritique and Member Screenings

Leslie Bell is a Calgary based abstract painter and experimental filmmaker. In 2002, she received her BFA from Alberta College of Art & Design, and in 2009, she completed her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University, Montreal. Leslie’s studio practice is motivated by media experimentation, methodical process and a fascination with the infinite number of ways that forms could be assembled into composition. In 2008, Leslie Bell received the QAS/NFB Production Scholarship from Quickdraw Animation Society and used the opportunity to complete her first short film, “Painted Moon”. She also attended the “Cosmic Ray” Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre in October of that same year. Aside from teaching the occasional course through Alberta College of Art & Design’s Extended Studies Department, Leslie is currently splitting her time between her painting studio and Quickdraw, where she is working on a series of short video pieces that focus on moving, flowing and evolving abstract paint.


Stefanie Wong

Instructor: Stop Motion Puppets

Stefanie Wong graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB with a Bachelor of Fine Arts [hons] in 2008. During that time, she experimented with various mediums including textiles, sculpture, animation, video + film. Since graduation, her art practice remains diverse although often includes textiles and animation. Her embroidered animation Around the Corner from Solitude (b/w 16mm, 2008) has been screened across Canada in various festivals. Her most recent stop motion animation, what remains (2010) won Best of Alberta at the GIRAF 6 Independent Animation Festival. She continually busies herself crafting things, rock climbing, practicing yoga and acting silly with her six-year old daughter.

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